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THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK

The best that can be said about this follow-up to 2000ís Pitch Black is that it must have been easy to make a preview for. Because everything our hero Riddick (Vin Diesel again) says is a throaty one-liner begging to be the next "Hasta la vista, baby." My favorite: "Itís been a long time since I smelled beautiful." The worst that can be said about the film is that it makes no sense. The basic plot is clear enough: Riddick, laying low after Pitch Black, is reluctantly called into world-saving duty after he learns thereís a bounty on his head. Meanwhile, this real bad guy, the sixth Lord Marshal (Colm Feore), is busy converting everyone to his wanna-be Star Wars Evil Empire race of Necromongers. But the progression from scene to scene is as ridiculous as youíll ever see, with Riddick continually, miraculously, and very quickly escaping his foes and heading off to the next battle. And when writer/director David Twohy (also back from the original) thinks itíd be clever to have Riddick beat up his enemies in the universeís worst prison with a tea cup, then, by gosh, a tea cup appears out of nowhere. Thandie Newton co-stars, as does Judi Dench, who, playing a member of some oracular race, spews nonsense with style. (119 minutes)

BY MARK BAZER

Issue Date: June 18 - 24, 2004
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